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Isabell Werth, Doyen of Dressage, and her Illustrious Career

Isabell Werth & Weihegold OLD Win 2017 World Cup
Photo: 2017 FEI World Cup Finals

The Most Successful Dressage Rider in the World finds her motivation in the training not the trophies

The Horse Show is presented by Chris Stafford

2017 WC Final_Laura Graves_Isabell Werth

2017 World Cup Final podium –
Laura Graves, Isabell Werth, Carl Hester (l-r)

Germany’s Isabell Werth has officially been named the most successful dressage rider ever; unquestionable the doyen of the sport. Her illustrious career spans four decades with partners such as Gigolo  Anthony FRH, Satchmo, Fabienne, Warum Nicht FRH, El Santo NRW, Bella Rose, Don Johnson FRH, Emilio and Weihegold. Her medal tally is impressive by anyone’s standards with 10 Olympic medals, 7 World Championships, 13 European Championships, 14 German Championships —- and this season making it a hat trick of World Cup titles when she won the 2017 trophy in Omaha, Nebraska with the 10 year old mare Weihegold.  Her drive and ambition are relentless with around 100 horses at different stages of training Isabell rides eight a day. Her raison d’etre is training horses through all levels with the goal of producing them to grand prix. With a seven year old son Frederick to help keep her fit, and the inspiration of her 102 year old grandmother, Isabell does not rest on her laurels but is as passionate and dedicated as ever to be the best rider and trainer she can be. 

Podcast length: 26’37”

“I think now there comes a time where I can really go without a lot of pressure because I have a lot of medals and a lot of success and I just enjoy to compete; I really love to compete still and I love to compete against the best. But also I really enjoy to be in the stable to find a new horse, a young one, and get a vision of how it could look and how it could improve after four or five years. It’s always a long term to improve and develop a young horse but this is my passion and this is why I am in the sport for such a long time because the success and the medals are the topping on the top but the way to go there, this is what I love to do and at the moment I can have a really great time and can get the payment for this… but this is really just the end; the daily work is what I really love to do and I hope that I can do it for a long time, and of course there will come a time when I will not compete anymore, not so often, but at the moment I really enjoy it and keep on going,” Isabell Werth

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